Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture series

banner image

In 2012, the Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture series (The Mitchell Orations, for short) was created with support from the Harold Mitchell Foundation to provide a new forum at which the most pressing development issues can be addressed by the best minds and most influential practitioners of our time.

The series was launched by Timor Leste’s former Finance Minister, Ms Emilia Pires in 2012. Subsequent lectures have been given in 2013 by Jim Adams, Former Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank and in 2015 by Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia and Former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesian Government.

In 2016, we hosted our fourth lecture, with Dr Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The event was held on Monday 29 February 2016, from 5.30–6.30pm at the Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy.

The full series of lectures can be accessed in the tabs below.

With topics ranging from Timor Leste’s role in the g7+, the challenges of aid dependency and economic reform in Africa and the Pacific and Indonesia’s new wave of economic change, this lecture series has established itself as one the flagship events in the development arena.

The 2016 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture - Exciting, challenging, frightening times: global health, development and the stuff of innovation
Monday 29 February 2016

Dr Mark Dybul is the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Dr Dybul has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher and administrator. After graduating from Georgetown Medical School in Washington DC, Dybul joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where he conducted basic and clinical studies on HIV virology, immunology and treatment optimisation, including the first randomised, controlled trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa.

Dybul became a founding architect and driving force in the formation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical Officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting Director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State. He served until early 2009.

Before coming to the Global Fund, Dybul was co-director of the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, where he was also a Distinguished Scholar. Dybul has written extensively in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees and awards.

» download address as PDF
» view presentation
» listen to podcast

The 2015 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture - The new economy and development: an Indonesian perspective
Thursday 12 March 2015

Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia and Former Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Indonesian Government

Development in most Asian countries has taken place through several conventional phases. Economies such as Indonesia have started with agriculture/resource based development; have moved to industrialisation first based on import substitution and then shifting towards export orientation as well as production networks; and have then started to transition towards a knowledge and information based as well as a more services oriented economy. The ‘new economy’ continues to evolve beyond knowledge and information based sectors; the fourth wave of change is known as the creative economy.

At the same time, developing countries are facing external and globalisation challenges. Technology disruptions have led to greater interdependence and changing models of international business engagement. Just what can be transacted and exchanged between countries in today’s context is so vastly different from the situation just a decade ago.

How has a country like Indonesia developed over the course of these different phases of development? Has it been able to take advantage of the new economy? What are the important challenges, opportunities and policies ahead?

Dr Mari Elka Pangestu was the Minister of Trade of Indonesia from October 2004 to October 2011. She was appointed to the newly-created position of Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy in October 2011. Dr Pangestu is currently Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia.

» download address as PDF
» view presentation
» listen to podcast
» view video
» view Village Designer video

Blogs

» The new economy and development in Indonesia by Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, ANU Indonesia Project Blog.

Media

» Hope fading for Bali Nine pair on death row in Indonesia, ABC’s The World, 11 March 2015.
» Indonesia and Australia’s fractured relationship, Radio National Drive, 11 March 2015.

The 2013 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture - The challenges of aid dependency and economic reform: Africa and the Pacific
Thursday 14 November 2013

Jim Adams, Former Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank

After decades of poor economic performance, Africa is doing much better, with higher economic growth. Why? What role did aid play? And what are the lessons for the Pacific? Jim Adams knows both Africa and the Pacific well. In the 2013 Harold Mitchell Development Policy Lecture, he focused on how effective economic reform emerged in Africa and related institutional and capacity issues. Drawing on this and his Pacific experience, he reviewed a number of proposals that could be taken by donors in the Pacific to accelerate economic reform and support the emergence of improved government institutions and capacity on policy making.

Jim Adams retired in 2012 after 37 years at the World Bank. His last assignment was as the Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific from 2007 – 2012, where he worked on and travelled extensively in the Pacific island region. He spent almost half of his career working on Africa, leading the Bank’s program as the Regional Director in Kenya in the late 1980s and as Country Director in Tanzania and Uganda from 1995-2002. From 2002 to 2007 he served as the head of operational policy in the Bank, overseeing a program directed at making the Bank more responsive to its clients’ needs. Jim is a graduate of Colgate University and received his Masters degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. Among his current duties, Jim Adams serves as Chair of the Independent Evaluation Committee for DFAT’s Office of Development Effectiveness.

» download address as PDF
» read publication at SSRN
» read blog
» listen to podcast

Media

» Learning from Africa to improve development aid to the Pacific by Radio Australia, 15 November 2013.

The inaugural Harold Mitchell Development Policy Annual Lecture: Timor-Leste and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States
Thursday 22 November 2012

Emilia Pires, Former Finance Minister, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste, which gained its independence in 2002, is one of the world’s youngest countries. Born out of a history of violence and poverty, in recent years Timor-Leste has experienced both social stability and rapid growth, and its development prospects have strengthened considerably.

Timor-Leste has also been a pioneer in establishing the g7+, a group of 17 fragile states formed in 2010 as a country-owned and country-led global mechanism to monitor, report and draw attention to the unique challenges faced by fragile states. The New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States represents the first time in history that conflict-afflicted states have taken the lead in designing an aid architecture for and by themselves.

Emilia Pires was Timor-Leste’s Minister of Finance since April 2007 until 16 February 2015. She served as the founding Chair of the g7+, and in 2012 was appointed to the High-level Panel advising the United Nations Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

» download address as PDF
» view publication
» read blog
» listen to podcast
» view video
» view press conference
» view donation video

Updated:  25 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  Devpolicy Admin